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A Taste of Latin America: 40 Cookbooks to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15  is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in America.  This month is chosen as a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all recognize September 15 as the date of their independence, while Mexico's independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Graphic Novels

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Graphic Novels.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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iRead: Selina Alko

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia with a Turkish Jewish father who spoke seven languages and taught painting, and a Jewish mother who worked in the family’s century-old metal recycling business, Selina Alko was surrounded by the melody of words and stories from different places and varied visual possibilities.

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30 Great Reads for National Hispanic Heritage Month ( Non Fiction/Memoirs)

September 15 to October 15  is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in America.  This month is chosen as a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all recognize September 15 as the date of their independence, while Mexico's independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.
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Secret Ingredients ...

Americana literature is made better with stories told from Hispanic perspectives.  Here are some fresh stories for our growth.   Some of these titles are available as ebooks and other formats. You can also get personalized reading recommendations by email.
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35 Outstanding Fiction Books For National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15  is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in America.  This month is chosen as a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all recognize September 15 as the date of their independence, while Mexico's independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.
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iRead: Sean Qualls

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Artist and Children's book illustrator Sean Qualls finds inspiration everywhere.

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LibraryReads for October 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in October 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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🌍World Environmental Health Day [September 26, 2021]🌍

Here is a list to jump-start your dive into learning more about the biosphere you live in, and the ecosystems surrounding you (and also living within you). In addition, for those that are familiar with environmental science, there are additional books to expand your knowledge while possibly making an activist out of you.
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Fall Feels

It's fall, y'all! (I had to say it) and that means whether you are gearing up for Halloween, are getting your apples peeled, sliced, and ready to bake, or are just enjoying the crisp morning air, we've got some good reads for the season. 
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For the Love of Gardening

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need," said Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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If You Like... Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is tearing up the manga and anime charts like a force of nature. Below are some more supernatural manga about hunting demons, protecting loved ones, and family life threatened and transformed by horrors. 
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Middle Grade Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Celebrate by checking out these Middle Grade titles. Looking for more great reads to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with? Check out this list or use our Personalized Recommendations form to find your next great read!
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YA Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Celebrate by checking out these teen titles. Looking for more great reads to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out this list or use our request  Personalized Recommendations form to find your next great read!
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#OwnVoices: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

To some, 1967 seems like it was so long ago, but that was only fifty-four years ago. Only fifty-four years ago, Richard and Mildred Loving were fighting the state of Virginia to recognize their marriage. Only fifty-four years ago, two people (who just happened to be different races) had to fight to legally show their love to the world. 

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Fall and Rise: 9/11, 20 Years On

As the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, consider these titles from our collection to learn more about what happened on that day, both from the perspective of the immediate aftermath and from mor
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Dinner Table Talks: Where Are You From?

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books.  

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Read All About It: Family History in Picture Books

Learning about the people who came before you can be a fascinating, exciting, and emotional adventure. It helps you gain more knowledge about your family, as well as who you are. Below are wonderful picture books about different families and what makes them special and unique. 
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While You're Waiting for...Golden Girl

If you are still on the holds list for Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand give these novels a try.  And if you don't have it on hold you might want to add it to your TBR pile. 😉
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Let's Talk Race (as a Family...)

Having "The Talk" can feel daunting.  Whether it's sexuality, staying safe or race--it can be difficult to know where to begin. By talking about these important topics early and often, parents and caregivers can increase the whole family's comfort and skill in conversation, making these discussions part of their family culture.   Richland Library is always here to help with the best books and resources-- whether you're just starting to talk about race or you're ready to deepen your family's knowledge and understanding so that you can take action.  
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Aspiring Female Pilots

✈️Zara Rutherford, a 19-year old Belgian pilot, may become the world's youngest female pilot to fly around the world to date. Currently the title is held by Captain Shaesta Waiz, an Afghan refugee, who completed the trip in 2017 at age 30. Rutherford mentioned a huge reason for doing this flight was to help encourage more girls/young women to go into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)✈️
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LibraryReads for September 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in September 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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NPR's 50 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy of the Decade

📚NPR ran a Summer online poll to see what the top 50 Sci-fi and Fantasy reads were for the decade. Their list included multiple book series and some standalone novels.  📚Below you will find all the books in each series. Most of the formats listed are in physical books, but be sure to click on the titles if you prefer another format such as eBook, eAudio, and/or Audiobooks. 📚Find your next adventure! 
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Scientists Real and Imagined

Scientists have been learning about the world for hundreds of years. If you like to ask the questions “why?” and “how?” you’ll find the lives and stories of these scientists enthralling! Here are some great picture books and biographies of scientists--both real and imagined. Want more books?  Ask your librarian for their recommendations or call the Children's Room at Richland Library Main (803.929.3434).  We can send books to your closest Richland Library location. 
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Teen Sci-Fi Adventures

Vast space, high-tech inventions, missions to far off planets, time travel escapades, alien encounters, and more fill these teen science fiction adventures. 
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StoryWalk®: How Do You Wokka-Wokka? Read-Alikes

Visit Richland Library's How Do You Wokka-Wokka? StoryWalk® at Caughman Road Park and get your family moving and grooving while enjoying a great story.  Next, check out some of these good books to continue the fun at home!  Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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Dark Academia

The new-ish genre of dark academia is characterized by a school setting, a moody and mysterious atmosphere, and dark themes.  Sound like your cup of tea?  Check out some of these titles!
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Back to School for Middle Grade Readers

Starting back to school for all students can cause a mix of emotions from excited to nervous. But entering or starting back to Middle School can be down right scary! This list of books for middle grade readers may be able to help ease fears about surviving middle school with some relatable experiences about homework, the school cafeteria, bullies, crushes and more.
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Dinner Table Talks: The Crossover

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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National Wellness Month: Black Women's Health

August is National Wellness Month⚕️ Here is a list on systemic racism and the history on the battle for control of black women's health throughout the centuries. Also, included are some wellness guides promoting self-care and healing. 
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Fierce Women in the Wild West

Check out these stories of women fighting for freedom and sometimes revenge in the Wild West.
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Must Read Love Triangles❤️

Whether you're here because of a book suggestion from Tik-Tok or for a bit of fun, we have just the list to keep you entertained with a hint of drama! Decisions...Decisions...Decisions...! 🤔
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Black Business Month

In honor of National Black Business Month, a list has been compiled of books, read and authored, by black entrepreneurs! Go support your local Black entrepreneurs!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Westerns

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Westerns. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Herbal Aficionado

With the season of Summer beaming down on us and more time outdoors, grab a hold of a fiction read that will encourage a little foraging in the woods.🍃
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Five Books for August

This month, an old favorite returns, we experience family drama in Mauritius and British Guiana and a psychotic breakdown in New York City.

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New Business Books

As one might expect, business books examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy are now coming out.  Adam Tooze, author of the definitive account of the Great Recession’s worldwide impact (Crashed), is back with
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LibraryReads for August 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in August 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Make Every Day a Mandela Day: Children's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Books That Take Action and Inspire Change

International Nelson Mandela Day is July 18th and celebrates Mandela's legacy as a  human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the U.N ask that you spend 67 minutes of your time helping others in honor of Nelson Mandela 67 years of public services.
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New in Science

New titles by best-selling authors Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants),
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Japan 2021 for Olympics 2020

We now get to see Japan, her culture and history after seeing China and Korea present their cultures in previous Olympic Games.  What do you want to learn about first, anime, manga, the language, the food, and the places they all come together in?  Looking for more, and in different formats? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Picks from Reese's Hello Sunshine Book Club 🌞

Check out these selections from Reese Witherspoon's popular book club.  The September 2021 pick is L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón Reese's Summer YA Pick is The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
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Conmen and Swindlers

Check out these real life stories of fakers and swindlers
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Texting via Haikus

Let's explore Kwame Alexander's usage of Haikus to depict text messages in the novel in verse The Crossover.

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LibraryReads for July 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in July 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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July 4th Mysteries

Check out these mysteries that take place on the 4th.
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July 4th Fiction

Celebrate the 4th with these novels set on the date...
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Four New Books for July

This month's picks prove that family conflicts are both universal and timeless. 

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Sports

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these sports titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#OwnVoices: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This 2014 John Newbery Medal Winner and Coretta Scott King Honor title poetically and rhythmically tells the story of twelve-year-old Josh Bell, also known affectionately as Filthy McNasty, who is a star on his school's basketball team.

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The Crossover: Sports Fiction

I did not play sports.  I was a theatre kid and a book kid all the way.  But I have an appreciation for sports, for athleticism and teamwork. 

So I reached out to my friends and colleagues who did play sports to find out what I missed.

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New in Biography and Memoir

Featured in this roundup of new titles are memoirs by two authors with ties to the Midlands: Columbia native and Today Show anchor Craig Melvin, who writes of his complicated relationship with his father in Pops: Learning
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SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2021-2022

"Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the South Carolina Book Award program created by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians has expanded to include almost 64,000 participating students.
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Books + Music Pairings

We think these book and album pairings were meant for each other. See if you agree!